Take a Craftcation: Fun Arts and Crafts Projects for Kids

For most of us, memories of the last day of school and the beginning of the long summer vacation were the best days of childhood. In the Internet age and with the booming DIY movement, we are living in a golden age of arts and crafts, with limitless project ideas for children of all ages, interests and skill levels. With just a few basic craft supplies and materials, your children will never get bored or tired of experimenting with new projects and building new skills that will unleash their inner artist by summer’s end! Paper Mart offers a broad selection of craft materials for everything from jewelry making to holiday gift baskets for every budget and skill level.


5 Summer Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids

Summer holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day provide perfect themes for DIY decorations and party favors, as well as an opportunity to infuse a little history and culture, without having to force your kids to crack a book or do their homework. (There will be enough time for that when the new school year arrives!)

1. Patriotic Button Flag or Tote

Nothing says summer or Fourth of July like the American flag! Making a DIY flag or tote bag is fairly simple, and the actual flag pattern and design can be as traditional or avant garde as the crafter’s imagination! Create these cool patriotic flags or tote bags by gathering red, white and blue buttons along with one of the following supplies:

Then use the tutorial as a guide and sew or glue the buttons to your fabric or chosen bag. Once the bags have been completed, they can be used to carry books, toys or beach towels. Another option can be to stuff them with gift shred and basket fill or fabric flower petals to use as either a gift or favor bag. 

2. Fourth of July DIY Lantern

This project can light up any room, as well as the backyard or porch on warm summer evenings or party. A simple and easy project for children (and adults) of all ages, DIY lanterns are a great July 4th or Labor Day project, but they can also be customized for any theme or occasion! Start with a few wide-mouth mason jars and LED lights. Finally, the jars can be decorated with store-bought plastic American flags. Stars and Stripes Patriotic Ribbon or Cotton American Flag ribbon to wrap around the jars or tie a bow at the top can be an option as well. 

3. Fringe Ribbon American Flag

If woodworking is not your style, you can easily substitute wood with a piece of cardboard and draped it with Premium Blue Tissue Paper or Crepe Paper. Want to make it extra fancy? Opt for a horizontal arrangement of Grass Spray with Stars in Royal.

Possible options for the fringe:

4. Paper Bag Jellyfish

In addition to storing candy and other goodies, paper bags also make a perfect canvas for the budding Picassos or Jackson Pollocks of the world! Try this craft with either Kraft Grocery Bags or White Grocery Bags.

5. Design Your Own Craft Projects

Guided arts and crafts projects can also be a wonderful way to express creativity and dive into the wonderful world of handmade decorations and DIY art. Yet, some of the best art projects and ideas can also come from the proverbial blank canvas.

Personal craft kit basics:

Furthermore, for stress-free and budget-friendly crafting, create personalized arts or crafts kit and let your imagination do the rest! 

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